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Advocacy of best practice

There is a long road ahead for the adequate regulation and accreditation of healthcare professionals actively engaged in intraoperative neurophysiology. 

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Clinical and academic standards

Develop and pursue standards relating to best practice of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring in the Asia Pacific region, with the ultimate goal of optimizing patient care and promoting the development of a novel healthcare community.

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Education and accreditation

Provide access to educational materials and promote opportunities for networking and academia relating to best practice, in the form of lectures, profiles, online and in-person meetings and other content that represents value for members.

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Build the knowledge base

Develop and complement the existing knowledge base relating to the practice of intraoperative neurophysiology in neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery and research & development relating to the ongoing development of brain computer interfaces.

Who do we represent?

Neurophysiology scientists engaged in the independent practice of intraoperative neurological monitoring, should hold a minimum qualification of a bachelor degree majoring in a medical science related field with particular emphasis in clinical electrophysiology. A post graduate qualification with particular emphasis in clinical neuroscience may be acceptable. A qualified surgeon, anaesthetist, neurologist nurse or representative can be considered a neurophysiology scientist or neurophysiologist by this document and association if they hold a relevant qualification in clinical neurophysiology and perform intraoperative neurological monitoring as a standalone role within the operating theatre.

Constitution Goals

Unite all heath care professionals currently performing surgical neurophysiology within Australia, New Zealand and the Greater Asia Pacific Region.

Establish and Promote standard guidelines for the provision of intraoperative neurological monitoring within Australia, New Zealand and the Greater Asia Pacific Region.

Establish and facilitate intraoperative neurological monitoring education programs and accreditation for health care professionals currently performing surgical neurophysiology and new personal entering the field.

Promote and advise a recognised standard of qualification for intraoperative neurological monitoring within Australia, New Zealand and the Greater Asia Pacific Region.

Provide objective information regarding intraoperative neurological monitoring to surgeons, physicians, nurses and all other health practitioners.

Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas.


Support the advancement of intraoperative neurological monitoring.

  • How would joining INSA benefit me?
    As it stands, there are very few groups in APAC who are committed to establishing best practice protocols and guidelines for this region. INSA was created to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas, whilst also taking into account observational lessons from international groups as to how we can best regulate practitioners of intraoperative neurophysiology.
  • How will this executive council accomplish the society's goals?
    INSA represents a new era for existing and future members of this society. We have a brand new executive council from three states in Australia, as well as a senior neurophysiologist and neurosurgeon in Singapore. Collectively, we have a proven track record for managing clinical practice, research, academia and contributions to the healthcare community. We were nominated and voted-in because we represent the wider interests of the intraoperative neurophysiology community – one that we hope is more inclusive of it’s diversity going forward. However, we are all volunteers and active healthcare practitioners, so sometimes our availability become challenging.
  • What features will membership afford me?
    INSA membership will grant you access to a plethora of online educational material curated specifically for this society. This includes lectures from international and local neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, neurophysiology scientists, anaesthetists and legal experts. The goal of our online education system is not to overload members with exhaustive content, but to cater to potential gaps in knowledge where people can benefit from actual practical insight. Aside from the educational platform, there are online meetings with special guests, access to the wider INSA member network for collaboration, and resources to promote original research.
  • Which members have voting rights at annual general meetings?
    Only those with full membership have voting rights for various items raised at the AGM, however input from associate, student and international members of course will be taken into consideration.
  • Will there be non-member access to INSA educational materials?
    From time to time, there will be limited accessibility or previews of educational content. We’ve included a wider spectrum of professionals when designing the membership tiers to enable the vast majority to meet the criteria to register.
  • Are there plans for an in-person conference any time soon?
    Absolutely. The executive council intended to host an AGM in 2020 and we had almost locked-in flights for our keynote speakers from Europe and the U.S! In order to host another meeting, we need to increase membership numbers in order to fund these kinds of conferences in addition to sponsorship from industry. IONM in Australia and Asia Pacific regions is a much smaller community compared to groups in the U.S, U.K, or EU.
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